Over the last 48 hours my thoughts have been often on our Durango friend whose name and face suddenly became international news.
Many of us knew Tom Grams, either as our dentist or as a friend or someone we'd catch up with when we saw him around town. Seemed he found fulfillment in his trips to Asia - Nepal and Afghanistan in particular - where he could make a huge difference in people's lives. There, he could use his dental skills to take away debilitating pain or fix someone's teeth who might not be able to even chew.
There is no sense in the way he was killed, murdered apparently by a group of religious fanatics, but as his friend Ken Freudenberg wrote in an e-mail, "The good that may be coming out of this is that the type of activity Tom was engaged in is being put in the spotlight."
Thanks, Tom, for setting an example.